Courier truck ploughs into family's garage

2015-09-15 15:28
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Cape Town - A Caledon woman had a rude awakening on Tuesday morning after hearing a sound "like the roof is lifting off". It turned out to be a courier truck going off track - and landing up in her double garage.

"The neighbours and I now have an open-plan garden. Ok, now that I look at the house - I have an open-plan garage too!" Debra Neethling said, laughing.

It was just before 07:00 this morning when Debra, who was awake but having a lie-in, heard the crash. Husband Herman had long since left for his job at the Helderberg Correctional Facility.

"It sounded like the roof was being lifted. I went out and saw this truck. Then I saw the loose metal pipes sticking out [and] I thought 'those two men [in the truck] should have been dead'.

"But they seemed fine, it was just the one that was limping a bit."

The garage roof and walls had to be stabilised before the truck could be removed. The family is still waiting to have the house assessed for possible structural damage.

Within minutes of the crash, other residents from the small town started streaming to the house in Prince Alfred Road for "the show", Debra said.

"We had to call my husband to come back home. He was surprisingly calm."

The couple did, however, "with a heavy heart", try to check their two cars for damage. Their Opel Astra and Ford Fiesta were parked in the now-defunct double garage. They saw some damage to the Opel, but have not been able to get inside to see the extent of the damage.

"We only bought the Ford second-hand two weeks ago, but still.

"The truck took down two sturdy trees, a lamp post, our neighbour's wall and then crashed into our garage.

"The front garden is gone, gone. But, shame, our neighbour's garden is also gone - and they had such a beautiful rose garden."

This is not the first time the family has had an unexpected drop-in either. "At least the previous time the bakkie just took down the garden fence. I tell you, it's not nice to look out your window and see a bakkie lying overturned in your garden."

With the huge interest from the townsfolk, she should have put up a stall selling pancakes and coffee, Debra said, laughing. "Everybody was taking photos. If only I knew...

"We were planning on going away on holiday in two weeks, but now that plan has to wait till we sort out our home. But, you know, all in good time."

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